Terrace will host Canada Winter Games torch relay celebration

Regional Community Torch Celebration voters choose the city to host northwest event

The city will get to be a part of the 2015 Canada Winter Games with the announcement that Terrace will be hosting the Regional Community Torch Celebration for the Northwest as part of the torch relay.

Terrace’s event will take place in December and feature a showcase of First Nations groups and their cultural and culinary traditions, a focus on the contrast between Terrace and games’ host Prince George and how they reflect different styles of community and culture in the north, the city’s strong French community and the celebration will be part of the annual Festival of Lights.

Each Regional Community Torch Celebration includes a regional torch relay leg, featuring torchbearers from that region, and a celebration featuring a DJ, Canada Games alumni and representatives and coverage of the event by Global BC.

Fort St. John will host Regional Community Torch Celebration for the Northeast in November and Quesnel will host the celebration for the Central Interior in January.

Eight communities went head-to-head in an online vote from August 27 until September 12 to see who would host the celebrations outside of Prince George. More than 2,500 British Columbians voted to determine the winning communities.

The winners were announced at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Convention in Whistler by Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

The 2015 Games Torch Relay will journey thousands of kilometers across northern B.C., visiting the torch celebration communities leading up to the 2015 Games Opening Ceremonies on February 13 in Prince George.